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September 3, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Seattle to pay $45,000 in Taser use on pregnant woman

Resolving a long-running legal battle, the city of Seattle has agreed to pay $45,000 to a woman who was seven months pregnant when three Seattle police officers shot her with a Taser during a 2004 traffic stop. The case involving Malaika Brooks raised questions about Seattle police tactics, years before federal scrutiny led to a landmark…

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August 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Seattle artist sues over ‘Angry Birds’ pet toys

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A Seattle artist who designed a line of plush toys for pets called “Angry Birds” is suing the company that sold them, saying it cheated her of millions of dollars when it reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the insanely popular videogame of the same name. Juli Adams designed…

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July 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

City to pay $495K to Seattle firefighter whose hearing was damaged by siren

The City of Seattle has agreed to pay $495,000 to a veteran firefighter whose hearing was permanently damaged when a siren was activated inside a fire station while he was four feet from the engine. According to legal documents, Seattle Firefighter Rodney Bingham was preparing to board a fire engine at Station 41 in Ballard on Oct. 11,…

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May 29, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Thursday Memo: Man hit by train … Marijuana Fairy … SPD cops sue … Plump planet

A young man was struck by a train in Shoreline this morning. Weed Fairy pays Seattle a visit: A woman who goes by “Weed Fairy” distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over the Memorial Day weekend. Is anyone surprised by this, one way or another? More than 100 Seattle…

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April 9, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Gonzaga University sues Spokane ‘Date Grape’ bar

SPOKANE (AP) — Gonzaga University is suing the owner of a downtown Spokane bar that drew negative attention when it advertised a drink called “Date Grape Koolaid.” In the suit filed Tuesday against Pendleton Enterprises, the university wants the bar to stop using any Gonzaga logos or trademarks. According to The Sp0kesman Review,  the…

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March 9, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Newspaper sued over rental ad prohibiting children

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon state labor agency has sued a weekly Junction City newspaper over a rental ad that prohibited families with children. The lawsuit filed against The Tribune News is seeking $59,500 in damages, The Register-Guard reported. The ad, which ran once each in 2010 and 2011, offered a three-bedroom apartment above…

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February 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Ann Rule lawsuit against Seattle Weekly tossed

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A judge has thrown out true-crime author Ann Rule’s defamation lawsuit against  Seattle Weekly. Rule sued the weekly newspaper and freelance author Rick Swart over a 2011 piece accusing her of “sloppy storytelling” and criticizing her book about an Oregon woman who killed her husband. Rule said the story damaged her reputation,…

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February 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Hospitals sue state over new rules on mergers and affiliations

The Washington State Hospital Association, representing 98 hospitals around the state, has sued the state over new rules that add state scrutiny of hospital affiliations and mergers to a law that previously allowed the state to review only hospital “sales, purchase or lease” arrangements. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Thurston County Superior Court, asks the court to invalidate…

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February 6, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Pierce County to pay $225K to police-dog bite victim

Pierce County will pay a Tacoma man $225,000 to settle a civil-rights lawsuit arising from a May 2011 attack by a police dog while he was out for an early-morning walk. Chad Boyles reached the settlement with Pierce County, even though the injuries were inflicted by a Lakewood Police Department dog. The dog, K-9 Officer Astor, and…

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